This year’s Independence Day celebrations will be different – the colourful lights that are being installed to celebrate 73rd Independence Day will remain permanently. Earlier, the Parliament House was decorated on special occasions such as on Independence Day, Republic Day and Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, but now it has been installed with permanent lights.
These LED lights frequently change its colour making the Parliament House look more grandeur. Earlier, similar such light has been installed in South Block and North Block. The LED lights used are environment-friendly and electricity saving lights.
These lights are also installed in Parliament library and Parliament Annexure building. In total 875 lights are installed for beautification.
Meanwhile, final decision has not yet been taken about construction of new Parliament House. One of the options before the government is the modernisation of the existing Parliament House. It was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912-1913 as part of their wider mandate to construct a new administrative capital city for British India. It is said that the circular structure of the 11th-century Chausath Yogini Temple may also have inspired the design of the building. Construction of the Parliament House began in 1921 and it was completed in 1927.
Last week, the Vice president and chairperson of the upper house of Indian parliament (Rajyasabha) Venkaiah Naidu had proposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a new building for the Parliament. The present building suffers from inadequacy of space to house members and their staff and is thought to suffer from structural issues. The building also needs to be protected because of its heritage tag.